News & Notes: Another mattress store on Park Avenue and city takeover of portion of S.R. 426

Commissioners did not vote on new retail strategies report, but want to continue conversation about how to attract the right mix of shops

By Beth Kassab

Another mattress store — this time Saatva.com — is going in on Park Avenue at the southwest corner of Comstock Avenue, just across the street from Tempur-Pedic.

The store represents continued changes on Park Avenue, the city’s premier shopping and dining district, as the City Commission is considering a slate of proposed retail strategies.

A new strategies report recommends ways the city can improve not only its central Park Avenue district, but the other retail corridors: Hannibal Square; Fairbanks Avenue; Orange Avenue; U.S. 17-92, which the city also calls “The Golden Mile,” and Aloma Corners on the corner of Lakemont Avenue and S.R. 426.

“Preemptive action is needed to ensure that Park Ave remains metro Orlando’s premier ‘Main Street’ experience in the minds of Central Florida residents, given the ascendancy of newer competitors such as Winter Garden, Mt. Dora, etc.,” the report states.

Commissioners did not take a vote on the report, but rather discussed how to go about having an ideal mix of stores that will bring foot traffic and provide the best experience.

Stay tuned for more.

City explores taking over portion of S.R. 426

The city of Winter Park is exploring how it can take over the dangerous stretch of S.R. 426 between Park Avenue and Lakemont Avenue since the state’s proposed fixes may not go far enough.

Residents and some commissioners support adding a traffic signal at some of the side streets such as Henkel Circle, Alberta Drive or Cortland Avenue, where residents often find it difficult to turn in and out along the busy corridor that has logged more than 600 crashes in five years.

But the intersections don’t meet the state’s requirements for a new signal and so proposed changes include lighted pedestrian signals, more markings, wider medians, landscaping and other enhancements aimed at slowing down traffic.

Charles Ramdatt, director of public works and transportation, said the next step would be to have a meeting with the state to determine how a transfer of jurisdiction from the state to the city would work. The commission can expect to hear another update once that takes place.

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